Atlanta Has A Pretty Big Presence In The Marvel Universe
Marvel hero Spider-Man has been all over metro Atlanta. Black Panther, too. Ant-Man is practically a native.
And they aren’t the only ones. The metro area has been a hub for Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) heroes ever since Pinewood Atlanta Studios opened in Fayetteville in 2014.
Most Marvel fans in the city are familiar with the heroes’ stomping grounds (there’s even a tour). But for the uninitiated or the plain curious, we thought we’d take a look back in a comprehensive listing of Marvel movie filming locations in and around metro Atlanta (and maybe a bit beyond).
The list has ant-sized bookends, starting at the end of Phase II (the MCU has an intricate road map broken up into phases) with “Ant-Man,” and going through “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
“Thor: Ragnarok” used Pinewood Atlanta but chose Australia as a backdrop, so it was not included. “Captain Marvel,” shot almost exclusively in Los Angeles, and “Doctor Strange,” mainly shot in New York and overseas, were also not included. And we’ll all have to wait for the Phase III-ending “Avengers: Endgame.”
Some of these movies are years old, but we’re still obligated to say:
Compiled by a somewhat Marvel obsessed editor by both rewatching the movies and checking sources like MovieLocations.com, Explore Georgia and MCU Location Scout. If you think we missed anything, let us know here!
Scott Lang (Ant-Man’s alter ego) and the gang made it cool.
While the movie was set in San Francisco (and filmed some scenes there), it’s base studio was Pinewood Atlanta, and it had location shoots in more than a few places around the city.
— Reel Georgia (@ReelGA) July 18, 2015
It’s not just cool points Atlanta got for having landmarks pop up in this movie; the production hired 3,500 Georgians and spent more than $100 million in the state during filming, according to the Fayette Citizen.
Captain America: Civil War
This installment saw discord sowed amongst our heroes and led to a split that was still present in Infinity War.
It also spent $60 million in Georgia and saw more than 2,000 residents employed while filming at Pinewood Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
It’s set in Berlin; Lagos, Nigeria; Vienna and more exotic locales.
Cool depiction of Lagos in this footage of Captain America 3: Civil War being filmed on the streets of Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/S1WSj1hpks
— RedTownDigital (@RedTownDigital) March 13, 2016
Check out how many of the places in the film were actually in and around Atlanta.
Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Guardians are mostly in space or on planets in far-flung galaxies, but when the movie came to earth?
Well, the audience is mostly seeing Georgia.
There aren’t a lot of locations on the map above, but that didn’t stop the movie from spending a whopping $100 million in the state, according to the AJC.
Click through to see if you recognize anything.
This one takes the cake for most locations in the metro area. It shot a lot in downtown Atlanta, at Grady High School, and … well, we won’t step on the map.
The film spent $66 million in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Unfortunately for the state, the next Spider Man film was shot overseas.
— Yahoo Movies UK (@YahooMoviesUK) July 8, 2016
Click through the map above to see how Atlanta masqueraded as New York (and D.C. and even India).
This one is not news to anyone. We mean, this happened:
— Travel + Leisure (@TravelLeisure) February 25, 2018
But, we made the map anyway, because we don’t pass up opportunities to watch and talk about “Black Panther.” As, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the film spent more than $70 million in Georgia — and broke numerous box office records — we feel OK about that.
Check out the map and see if you spot any surprises.
Avengers: Infinity War
It broke our hearts, but also seriously padded Georgia’s coffers.
“Avengers: Infinity War” spent a titan-like $182 million in the state, and employed more than 3,000 Georgians, the Business Chronicle reported.
— The Avengers (@Avengers) August 4, 2018
Most of the locations for this one are less than recognizable — it was set in New York and space after all. But, click through to see what you can see.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Scott Lang and the gang were back last year — on the big screen and in Georgia (in 2017).
There’s fewer metro locations this time around, but it still showed the area some love to the tune of $63 million, 11Alive reported.
Check out the map to see where this production stopped in the area.